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December 7th, 2011 | By | 4,552 Comments

Surfer Poll Awards 2011 -Biggest Party on The North Shore

Last night’s Surfer Poll Awards celebrated the year’s standout performances in the world of surf. Instead of rating surfers for their contest results, Surfer Magazine tallies the votes from fellow surfers and fans voting online. Criterion usually encompasses style and personality in and out of the water…and the awards show had plenty of both.

With the buzz from the richter scale swell due to detonate on the opening day of tomorrow’s Pipemasters, nervousness and gitters added to the pressures of speaking to the crowd of over 1,000 legendary attendees. Security was tight, but any north shore security guard gets distracted by hot chicks just long enough to slip past. Peligroso tequila loosened up the nominees, and the speeches ranged from shy, to high, and hilarious.

Emcees Sal Masacala, and Freddy Pattachia didn’t hold back any punches as they used the industry’s inside jokes against everyone on stage. Carissa Moore dedicated her award to WCT mens surfer Dusty Payne, and the gal pal jokes kept coming. But he wasnt the only super fan of the womens tour, many speakers mentioned their displeasure of not having a Womens Triple Crown of Surfing on the in Hawaii this year.

The big suspense of the evening was whether Dane Reynolds or Kelly Slater would take the No.1 prize, but Dane settled for second yet again. All awaited his quirky, awkward comedy relief and he didn’t disappoint, ” I surfed pipeline today…that was a humbling experience. I saw the Pipemasters heat draw today…that was also quite humbling. Jamie (O’Brian -Pipemaster) have mercy on my soul, please. Thanks to everyone who voted for me because lets face it, I’ve made it pretty hard to be a fan of me this year.” Dane also took the award “Best Digital Short” for his aptly named flick “Lost Interest” shot during his no-show period on tour this year.

Kelly accepted his 17th poll-topping award, thanking the Miller family, cracked what we think is a joke, then gave his expert analysis the conditions for the 2011 Pipemasters, “I saw Jamie O’Brian at pipe today and he said if WaveJet paid him 20K, he’d surf their motorized surfboard during the conteest. But, there’s about 100 ft of sand on the reef that shouldn’t be there. Hopefully it get washed away before the swell, because right now the wave doesnt know where to go.”

After the show, everyone headed over to the new Surfer Magazine bar at the Turtle Bay Resort where the girls again stole the spotlight…this time on the dancefloor.

Here’s the final results from the 2011 Surfer Poll Awards

Top 10 Male Surfers

1. Kelly Slater
2. Dane Reynolds
3. Owen Wright
4. Julian Wilson
5. Taj Burrow
6. Mick Fanning
7. Joel Parkinson
8. Jordy Smith
9. Andy Irons
10. Bruce Irons

Top Five Female Surfers

1. Carissa Moore
2. Coco Ho
3. Stephanie Gilmore
4. Alana Blanchard
5. Sally Fitzgibbons

Movie of the Year

Year Zero

Best Barrel

Alex Gray -Teahupoo Uncut

Best Cinematography

Come Hell or High Water

Best Digital Short

Lost Interest

Best Documentary

Splinters

Best Performance

Josh Kerr -Kerrazy Kronicles

A.I. Breakthrough Performer Award

John John Florence

Heavy Water Award

Nathan Fletcher -Teahupoo Uncut, Get-N-Classic

Worst Wipeout

Rodrigo Koxa -Teahupoo Uncut

Watch the 2011 Billabong Pipemasters live Dec 7 here

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December 1st, 2011 | By | 1,711 Comments

Movember 2011 -See the Swellest Staches

Another furry Movember is in the books, and supportive staches graced every workplace, college, and ball park…the SWELL facebook wall was no different. Our amazing fans canvased our page with over 100 creative displays of mustachery.
Check out the album here.

For every Mo posted SWELL donated to the fund, and here’s our winners who campaigned for prizes from SWELL, Sanuk, and Billabong.

First Place Sanuk Chills: MOst Likes on Real Stache -Jamie Reed (35 likes)

Second Place $50 SWELL Gift Card: MOst Likes on Faux Mo -Shaddia Ghneim (120 Likes)

Third Place Billabong Surf DVD: SWELL’S Favorite -Tyler Brady with his many mos

Many of the brands sold at SWELL joined the cause by not only letting it grow, but donating portions of their profits to Movember Prostate Cancer Fund and LiveSTRONG. Notable brands that took part this Movember are: Electric, Autonomous, Volcom, Billabong, Imperial Motion, and Vonzipper. Show your support by shoping their brands here
Our Friends at AMBSN & Electric rock out with their MOs out, and threw a Gala party at Mothers Tavern in San Luis Obispo, Ca.

Scroll through the photos and get psyched to show your mo next MOVEMBER!

November 18th, 2011 | By | 3,043 Comments

How to Choose a Wetsuit – 2011 Wetsuit Buyer’s Guide

Shopping for a wetsuit is a lot like shopping for a car. Different cars will be best for different folks. So with that in mind, Like a car finding the “BEST” wetsuit is very subjective and ultimately up to you. Fortunately enough there are a lot of great wetsuits out there so it is hard to go wrong. Wetsuits have progressed a lot from their beaver tail days and finding the right suit is easier than you think.

Most companies come with three or four different levels of suits. You’ll get your high end or Ferrari-Lambo type suits, your midrange or SUV-luxury sedan type suits, and then your entry level or economy type wetsuits. Choosing the right one for you will depend on several factors, which I’ll try to explain below.

Entry level wetsuits: ($150 – $250)

New drivers might drive better (or faster) in a brand new luxury racecar, but it’s often best to start them off in an entry level vehicle. Much like cars, entry level wetsuits are better for those who are either new to the sport or looking for the most economic option. While these suits will not offer the same flexibility, comfort, or performance as the top of the line models, they will get the job done and give the user an idea of the fit and of the other features they’ll want in a future wetsuit.

Here are some examples of the entry level suits:

Billabong Foil Series:
For the price this wetsuit is a steal. Features super stretch throughout, glued and blind-stitched seams and comes in a chest zip option

Click Here To View Billabong’s Foil Line
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Rip Curl Dawn Patrol Series:
Good entry level suits at a good price. Reliable and affordable.

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October 23rd, 2011 | By | 7,095 Comments

Trend Alert: Kimono Tops Sheer, Kimono-Inspired Tops for Winter

Every time I find a new style trend I tend to get very excited and want to buy anything and everything associated with that trend immediately! Well, my most recent was no different. I spotted our assistant women’s buyer, Kylie, wearing this Kimono inspired-fringed-sweater-top thing. (I fall in love with anything fringe.) Well she told me that we [SWELL] were going to start carrying some very lust-worthy kimono styles this winter season and some very reasonable priced ones at that. My first though: “START SAVING ALL YOUR MONEY!” Looks like the wait was well worth it…they’ve finally arrived….and are even more fun than I imagined. I think you’ll enjoy them as well. Read on for a list of my top picks. (more…)